Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Daily Devotion: Stopping the Flow

Bible Reading:  Ephesians 4:25-32

Key Verse: Verse 30 – “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

Key Words: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God

The word grieve in the Greek is the word lupeo.  It is where we get our word loop.  It carries the idea of a water hose with a loop, cutting off the flow of water.  Now the water is still there, but it’s unable to flow through the hose because of the loop or the knot.  The same is true when we grieve the Holy Spirit.  His power is there, but our sin will not allow it to flow through us.

Harry Moorehouse, while still a young man, was conducting evangelistic services.  But there was no revival.  God had given precious revivals both in America and in Great Britain, but in this city it was as though he were beating against a stone wall.  Day and night he was on his knees searching his heart and crying out, “O God, why is there no revival?” 

One day he was walking along the street, and the Holy Spirit showed him a large placard on which appeared these words: “Harry Moorehouse, the most famous of all British preachers!”  At once he said to himself, “That is why there is no revival!” 

He went at once to the campaign committee, and said, “Brethren, now I know why there is no revival.  See how you have advertised me as the greatest of this and the greatest of that!  No wonder the Holy Spirit cannot work!  He is grieved and quenched because you haven’t magnified the Lord Jesus Christ.  ‘He’ is the wonderful One.  I’m just a poor, simple, humble servant, preaching the glorious Gospel, and saying ‘Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world.’”

What to do:
✞ Evaluate your life and see if you are grieving the Holy Spirit.  You can know by the spiritual impact you are having on others.  So how is your spiritual impact?

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